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Global Trust Certification Ltd. Hired for Independent Certification of Alaska Fisheries

It was big news this past January when eight large Alaska salmon processors announced that they would allow their Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certificates to expire without renewal this coming October. Global Trust Certification Ltd. is now conducting the majority of independent, third-party certification assessments of Alaska fisheries management systems. The certification process is through the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). The goal is to continue to assure, through Global Trust, that Alaskan fisheries are properly managed and that they conform to established, globally accepted United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) standards. From a standpoint of consumer confidence and marketing, the certification will highlight Alaska as a source of sustainably caught seafood.

Ireland-based Global Trust was founded in 1998 and is now a leader in seafood quality, traceability, and Eco-label standards development and accredited certification. Global Trust is itself accredited by both the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Accreditation Services International (SAI), and certifies according to consistent ISO 65 standards. Global Trust also is an accredited certification body for MSC Fishery and Chain of Custody Standards.

Halibut, salmon (king, sockeye, coho, pink, and chum), black cod, pollock, and crab (king and snow) in Alaska are now certified through Global Trust. MSC is in the process of certifying the Pacific cod fishery in Alaska.

Marketing studies by ASMI on salmon purchases have shown that the Alaskan salmon is preferred over other sources of salmon. Their research shows that the majority of consumers want to know where their food comes from, that they prefer it to be naturally caught and as local (fresh or frozen) as possible, and they want to know that their food supply is environmentally sustainable. Thus, it's simply good business, as well as ethical, that Alaskan fisheries be well-managed and meet the high ISO 65 standards.

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